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know this morning about what happened at sandy hook elementary school. in about 30 minutes we expect authorities to hold a news conference right where i am and release the identities of the victims. police say 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 were killed as well as six adults at the school including the principal and psychologist. sources say adam lanza was armed with three guns, two on him, one found in a car nearby. police say he got the guns from his mother who owned them. she was licensed to have them. she was found dead in her home about 2 1/2 miles from where i am now. every new detail helped paint a picture of a horrifying tragedy. cnn's anderson cooper explains how it unfolded moment by moment. >> all units, the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gun shots. >> reporter: the first word was chilling. it only got worse. >> they're reporting multiple fatalities involved in this shooting at the elementary school. >> reporter: with each new report, the horror deepened. >> reports say the number of dead closer to 30 than to 20, and sa
in newtown, connecticut. it all started when a gunman entered through the doors of sandy hook elementary school. we are awaiting a press conference, you're looking at that right now. it has not begun, but i do want to give those of you who have joined us a sense of what happened. tom foreman walks us through what happened yesterday morning minute by minute. >> this is what we know at this point about the timeline of the shooting reported by law enforcement officials and witnesses and the layout of the school as best we can piece it all together. 9:30 in the morning, classes had been underway for a half hour. more than 600 students and approximately 50 faculty members inside the building. in addition to that there's a meeting just convened by some of the school officials including the principal in a room somewhere right up here, about seven of them all gathered in one room. about 9:40, ten minutes later, as beck we can make it out, that's when the gunman appears to have entered the building. how? we don't know. they had a new security system right up here that might have kept him out, not
confirming, in fact, the timeline that we've been reporting all morning. they say the first call from sandy hook elementary school came in at about 9:30 this morning. newton police department immediately requested the assistance of state police. in fact, they knew right away the tragedy and scope and magnitude of the tragedy that they had on their hands. upon arrival, troopers and officers, the statement says, immediately entered the school where they found several students and staff, soledad, suffering from gunshot wounds at the front of the building. 18 children, 18 children were pronounced dead at the scene. two were transported to neighboring danbury hospital where they were pronounced dead there. and as we've been reporting this morning, six adults were also killed, 26 souls in all perished yesterday at sandy hook elementary school. another detail that we're learning from this is that each family, soledad, each victim's family has been assigned a trooper or officer. the statement reads, to establish and maintain an open line of communication. the press release goes on to state that the
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